Evening Standard from London, Greater London, England on December 13, 1984 · 20
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Evening Standard from London, Greater London, England · 20

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Thursday, December 13, 1984
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7£a Uh'sV 20— THE BTAND4RD THURSDAY DECEMBER 1S198 MILTON SHULMAN in London -:i- :l M i V':' !i:ir'r fj- 'cv-:' THE STANDARD THURSDAY DECEMBER 13 1984-21 2-: V4t wm - tfsm sevto’Jji mm h&8' f'-vrVS7 i i IKph : vi'M’Jc £§0 hi£tV -f a “- i' V5&W& soa AdOwV$''t! 1'- i J! :W$S‘ 4&s 1 fcjbj ' ' iij 'V i ' i 00pi- W a iKfras i-’V Sur-k£' !' 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' - " ' -' ' ‘ ' 'f “ 4 - PREVIOUSiy SW95 £2295 £375 £995 £2295 NOW £795 0695 £299 £695 £l850 SiusimtiiyfliUN ' V S ' ''' - r: reliance on seml-godlike figures battling against horrendous monsters and : super -minds : through the vast realms of - “ - ‘ A- achieve the over terror Because ! the events fin Herbert’s novel are so crammed with weird characters and supernatural incidents ' the aawasac flifn by trying to stuff in most of them ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ lent leaves behind a whole host of unresolved story lines And confuses an audience with Its baffling time leaps ' - But even if the plot has aJ serpentine complexity the visual Impact of David Lynch s direction is' never less than dazzling Hanging from sartorial elegance reminiscent of an Austro-Hungarian court to the weaponry the photography of Freddie Francis and the production of Anthony Masters constantly Intrigue and excite the eye Against (he competition of so much spectacle the actors Inevitably nave a rough time Kyle MacLachlan as the man born to triumph over more frightening obstacles than lumph over cfatecteff faded Ulysses Is too conven- tionally boyish-looking for a job that needed the combined efforts of Burt Lancaster Kirk Douglas and Charlton Heston Kenneth McMillan Is gorgeously evil as the Baron whose face is a terrible reminder of IS THE English woman In the street the worst dressed In the world ? With her preference for muddy colours and a hemline exactly on the knee whatever year It is the answer would appear to beyeS : That Is the opinion of Anne Wade newly appointed by Terence Conran to start the fashion side of his design group and by now an expert observer of these things - In 12 years travelling all over the world a fashion buver for Marks & Spencer she had the perfect oppor-tunity to study the differences between the English Europeans and her native AmprireiTu Her conclusions f What-ever ’innovation we liberated British women may as teenagers : once - we are married or settled Into a career we out on a uniform i of respectability which ren- den us just about as invisible Greek matron in p ae any ureex matron in permanent Mack or Indeed roe Arab behind the veU Humour Anne is an outspokm girl OHggffl‘hcne from the dauahter of a shipper and ahe was eduotted Stanford University and at TiuaTiTif On her way back home she off in London to see ssf’su boyfriend and stayed That — 20 yean ago The banker was soon forgotten and roorotiordst to0? Unfair tailor where the transformed herself through a lusty sense-ox humour Into an essential such rners as Ken Akm who dreamed up the James Bond When die went : to M&rks -this background - naturally made her ambitious for her wider market and diue -was credited with the Introduction Anne took Sian the acne problems of eneb youth Sting as a hatchet man has a small part rippling bis muscles and looking sinister -tM- " — -— “i Annfe — an ethereaMgality to theroie of Paul’s me a The Last Starfighter CPQ : 100 mins : Leicester Square) to an attempt to blend the attrac- tlons of the video game with that of the science fiction flim-Llvlng with his Mum In a caravan park Alex yearns to travel and get away from his humdrum existence When he manages to knock up a record score on a video game a mysterious stranger (Robert Preston) turns up to recruit him for an inter-galactic war in outer apace ANNE’S MISSION: TO THE WORLD’S by GLENYS ROBERTO alike “When I was worttog ® Mayfair each piece of every stitch In tile ® market the man-made faw were I5p a mile Buttbey tMM into their own Deoww of easy care - “ No one robe full of silk tfiW-practically have to trw s&M investment clothing “ You win SM a tiendMw towards natural flbrM®5 we have learned mwe aoow we ivc ' l Mmtboe their cara In tiro we did a good Joh th crous sizing giving a qus image” considering the ments of the : woman who used to w Phillips (left) Raacceea Axmls and It turns out that the planet of Rylos Is desperately In need of men with the combat skills to defeat the efforts of Xur and the Ko-Dan armada' to conquer the galaxy - The video game was planted by the stranger as a test to discover if there was anyone on earth that might be recruited as a starfighter Alex’s prowess at -destroying Images on the computer screen gets him rocketed to a world made familiar to us by filmy like ' Star Wars Unfortunately the sight of Spaceships hurtling - through tunnels of glittering stars and regularly blown to ereens has with familiar- TO GIVE THE CONRAN TREATMENT WORST-DRESSED (( v ' :r T 'Mb' 0 O o t' to now Mae 1 who not- more than 5ft SrJS5wlglm'9t 111b S&asM taste 14come5i? “ HBwartjn:' rnen rationing ceased Tkke a recent Je— the iia WrwSaTh" be continent have thought the SmfLJSLT"1 youw have SHrF'CSas Silvana Mangswo Peggy ttty acquired the excitement of a potato sack race The direction by Nick Castle provides enough stellar - viol- ence to satisfy addicts of video but the ge - romance between games but teenaL Lance Guest as Alex and Catherine Mary Stewart as his girlfriend might be considered rather soppy for likely patrons of this film D Caravan of Courage (Ut 97 mins : Odeon Marble Arch) can only be recommended to parents searching for suitable Christmas entertainment for the under-lOs ’ This time the-Towani family crash their family starcruiser on the moon of Endor which Is inhabited by large amiable WOMEN : i 3vk e Jr a?1® :M§§ Anne 'Wade: “I eosld have wept” we all rfiould have been waiting for” Anne tried a version of It for the mass market “No one wants to dress in early Hiro- shlma but - you would have thought they wanted the com- they all bought it two sizes smaller - “There ire women walking around out - there in the hiuOring Jacket look which went out ten yean ago They think they will always : be well-dressed but Is It classic or is it old-fashioned 7" At a recent business convention - nearly every woman was wearing the same standard grey flannel suit -“ Tragic ” Anne told one of the f union editors “ It was a perfectly good suit I know becausel bought it But to be aide to look round' and tick ted ito versions In Ashcroft : double triumph teddy bears who speak what sounds like Hungarian and ar too nice to be true When they learn that the four-year-old Oindel and hex teenage brother Mace have been separated from their parents the Ewoks set out on a hunt to find them and then battle with a huge King Kong Isonea creature who has lmprlsox the Towani parents The Intrusion of a magio stick and a sparkling tlnkerbell character the romplngs of the Ewoks as they displayed their rabbit teeth and glass eyes and the constant pleading of the tear-stained Cindel for her Mummy made me feel that I had Just been Injected with an overdose of saccharine chronological 1981 1982 11 order circa 1983 I could have sat down and w e Bx They Just why are the Brifuh so conservative 7 " They buy anything before they buy clothing” says Anne "We do surveys all over the country We know that they spend a tremendous amount of money on hedidays In the North they qiend money going out to Pubs and discotheques but there - is no emphasis on beauty ' “The number of women who are pedicured manicured and massaged la in the minority compared to the United States for instance That is not to say that middle America dresses well Some of the fashions are grotesque Most normal people are always underdressea in Los Angeles or In Dallas “But 1 there is an awareness bre&kthrough along with dieting and Jogging BOkay wear- the - grey flannel suit but -how about trying - It with same' punchy accessory 7 4 The British womah is terrified that she will look outrageous - “ It is not Just a question of money either I go to Glynde-bourne or the Opera HOuse where you have to have some a ticket and the money to buy at story is Just the same AH you see is acres of drab women In traditional velvet suits” -British women seem to think it Is a straight choice between drab or tarty “But you don’t have to be con-Mdouous to have style In France even the little working in the factories style” - Anne reasons that the puritanical imperative is still v strong here Women will three-quarters of a look rij and then blow it almost purpose by wearing the wrong r-roe right ones with shoes or the right ones scuffed heels as if to say that perfection is frivolous' - - “ People might say she Is too much of an -extrovert or she is a clothes horse” There are also historical and climatic reasons which make us put on layers of ' ffhaprie— clothing fiVCD la ONCE again the British have come to conquer the American screen with the old-fashioned virtues of film-snaking on the epic scale After -Chariots of Fire and Gandhi Sir David Lean's first film in 14 years A Passage to India has its US premiere’ this week It is already the front runner for- next year’s Royal Film Performance It has everything its 76-year-old directors admirers could ask: size story characters human passion and a sense of awesome destiny at work Indeed the only thing that could mar what eeems an assured box office and critical success In America Is the cruel coincidence of opening In virtually the same week as a real life tragedy also in India that Is so much more horrifying than the literary riddle set in E M Forster's classic novel— whether the Indian Doctor Aziz attempted to rape an English maiden in the gloom of the Marabar Caves I saw A Passage to India at a preview on the same da v as The New York Times printed an unbelievably harrowing report of the terrible deaths and living agonies of the thousands of Indians killed or blinded by the worst Industrial disaster m history As one American colleague lf-lnr sa&d it seemed almost se dulgent to be spectators of Lean’s brilliantly re-created 1920s India of the viceroys doon and refuse to turn up the oentral heating (even if we have it) so that we can Up Into something loose Perhaps the look of the country Is a total one the climate that goes with the food that goes with the buildings that goes With the art In France no one goes to a chain store for domes There are hardly' any chain ' : stores You have a seamstress or a little woman in the corner shop who buys with you in mind - “Perhaps British women are right— there must he a life before and after clothes and British men reinforce them In this attitude by disapproving of anything too flashy and competitive “Yet British men’s style is the best in the world This is the last remaining couni where you can get a pair of handmade shoes” Influence Anne thinks It Is from the' world of -men’s fashion that help is at hand The- quality 'of their wools their darting' their seorlsland cottons their small patterns are already' influencing women style It Is Anne’s oxter to extend the style of the top designers for -women here to those who: can’t afford Jean Muir You can rally teach people they wantjbo leara’ she If says “And they only know they want to learn by being told what there la out there Would they have bought the Japanese look if we had told them with wall posters with advertising? “ m America In a store like Bloomlngdales they think nothing of " f spending 10000 dollars cn a promotion in a tiny part of will test all of a week But te is obviously worth it British Telecom showed what advertising can do here too” Having moved in on your kitchen your wine cellar and our garden the Conran look i about to take over your wardrobe If it is individualism that makes the British woman resist fStbiosw Mm has been warned -- ALEXANDER WALKER in New York where billiards halt In English Club for the national anthem and ruled The applause after the film but re-were Lean’s achievement when today’s India was dominating our thoughts and sympathies But achievement it Is The finest Jewel In this cinema crown u Dame Peggy Ashcroft’s performance Bhe keeps her acting senses open to every subtlety in her role the way that other people’s pores are open to the heat Dame Peggy exudes the truth of the film about the mystery and menace of India Explosive She plays the venerable English matron whose young travelling companion (Judy Davis) escorts her to the town of Chandrapore where her jjglsson '(Nigel Havers) Is magistrate Inflicting the British Raj’s Law on hapless Indians to impress this Sri he is set to make his wife ut India as one character sas frees you to discover about yourself And on a picnic to the nearby Marabar Caves arranged by the nervously worshipfulDr Aziz (Victor Bannerjee) who would give his back couaratud to be an English gentleman the repressed sexuality of the demure girl and the hidden sensuality of the correct and charming doctor are brought into explosive ' ‘ scene of potent which still leaves us arguing over what actually between the two: - - v- Lean’s lead-up to this enigmatic climax showed he has no equal In the cinema In manipulating the pictures tn front of our eyes to Implant the thoughts in our heads He evokes inexorable destiny In the train carrying the JanPiefikowski the well-known author and illustrator of bools for younger readers will be in our ChildrerfsBook Dqtartmenti ' 1 : 'Second Fbcu 'VT : - roSaturday l5th December ' hetneenlL30amaod 1pm to hpchildiea create their own c greetiiscardsandsignaiesofhis latest Irok'Christmaf published tyHidhemann at £595 PnmaIibcjpmonliiL Cfcftomm ShOBcLmBtHMa -Hair until Silny1ay22vtTWmiiff Moods7Slbeidaj3 Thursdays Itidqv and Saturday 9omto6fmL' ‘WWnesd to7pm Christmas Eve 9am to 5in comers through India like a glow-worm Inching across the vastness of the sub-continent’s plains He draws foreboding from the glassy blackness of The waters below the bridge It passes over He insinuates the unseen cruelty that can surface amid the beauty in the shape of the crocodile momentarily breaking the moonlit surface of the Ganges And he fuses all of this to gether " Into a powerful sequence of ominous sensuality as Judy Davis’s bicycle ride in the countryside leads her into a ruined temple on every stone block of which are carved erotic couplings that stimulate her as much as they (and a fierce jabbering horde of mon keys) repel her ror " the central act of passion between the girl and the doctor the cinema itself turns Into one of the Marabar cav erns where sounds are eerily all land stereophonically) ampl fled and we strain our eyes desperately to guess what Is happening The effect Is all the more shocking when the girl’s solar topee goes bouncing down the hillside like the first bit of damning evidence that will dislodge an avalanche of courtroom accusations and bring social ruin to the wretched Indian physician All the - performances are like a string of beautifully graduated pearls Sir Alec Guinness’s Professor Godbole the Brahmin mystic looks literally a little made-up beside Victor Ban-nerjee’s fine and faithful picture -of a man who learns through painful experience to be true to India— and damn his Anglo-Indian pretensions But Guinness makes an amusing prof who fusses over trifles while letting Fate take care of life’s larger matters - James Fox Is the colony’s sturdy English liberal who puts friendship before club membership and suffers for it But it is Peggy Ashcroft who seems to live a life not confined to the pages of English literature or the scenes of a British film Since The Jewel In the Crown also begins its TV run In America this week tiie ' looks set to enjoy a double triumph on big screen and small— and then next year a third one too For I predict this remarkable 163-minute film wm be Peggy Ashcroft’s passage to an Oscar ' f fll JtA- S “Tgi m fp to f- : v v si w E-'V y'V "

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